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Apple Warns Motorcycle Vibrations Can Break iPhone Camera

Apple has issued a warning to those planning to hit the road: the vibrations from a motorcycle could dislodge the iPhone camera, rendering it useless.

The iPhone camera lenses with OIS and closed-loop autofocus are especially vulnerable, due to the inbuilt magnetic sensors and gyroscopes used to stabilise images.

Apple issued the following warning:

“The OIS and closed-loop AF systems in iPhone are designed for durability. However, as is the case with many consumer electronics that include systems like OIS, long-term direct exposure to high-amplitude vibrations within certain frequency ranges may degrade the performance of these systems and lead to reduced image quality for photos and videos. It is recommended to avoid exposing your iPhone to extended high-amplitude vibrations.”

Apple suggests you don’t attach your iPhone directly to the handlebars or chassis, and even warns against attaching your phone to mopeds or scooters, suggesting the use of “a vibration-dampening mount” to minimise the shock.

In other Apple news, the company has also patched a security flaw in the Messages app that allowed the Israeli NSO Group to “exploit and infect” devices with spyware.

The new update will patch the bug on the Phone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch via iOS 14.8, iPadOS 14.8, macOS 11.6 and watchOS 7.6.2 software updates.

Apple Inc. said it patched a security flaw in the Messages app after security researchers determined that Israel-based NSO Group used it to “exploit and infect” the latest devices with spyware.

“Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited,” the company announced on its website.

This comes one day before the latest Apple event, which will see the release of the iPhone 13, among other products.


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